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2011 Keeneland Sept. Yearling Sale - LIVE COVERAGE!

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    2011 Keeneland Sept. Yearling Sale - LIVE COVERAGE!

    I am loving this!! But MAN, I wish I was there! I worked there for Viking Stud in 1999, and had a blast. Is anyone else watching?
    Last edited by Freebird!; Sep. 20, 2011, 06:53 PM.
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    Wow, that's neat! Some drool worthy yearlings there....thanks for the link!


      the auctioneer is unbelievable!
      thank you so much for sharing!
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        Thank God I have the numbers on the screen. I don't understand a word of what the auctioneer says. lol!!


          Thanks for posting this!!

          Good thing I am not buying, have no idea why a horse I liked sold for $11K and another one for $80K ...


            I was there yesterday and yes, drooling. There were several fillies that would give the warmblood registries goosebumps - I have never seen so much GOOD TB conformation before in one place!

            At one point, I found myself shoulder to shoulder with Bob Baffert!
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              Selling too much today for sporthorse prospects, so far, but there are some gorgerous, gorgeous horses being shown!


                The selects usually go first

                Typically, the more affordable and less popular bloodlines go towards the end of the sale.
                Great place to work..the sales... really good experience and a great weight loss regime!
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                  When worked at the sale one year, I had owners trying to give me their horses who had RNA'd or had to be pulled from the sale. Really, really nice horses.

                  It's pretty neat rubbing noses with Bob Baffert and the like. Of course my shining moment was when I was asked by a fairly well known buyer to walk a Kris S colt up and back. Someone else walked a filly in front of us, and the colt reared up, struck the lead rope out of my hand, struck me in the head, and knocked me over. Somehow I managed to grab the leaching, get up and kept walking, but it sure was embarrassing, lol.
                  Last edited by Freebird!; Sep. 20, 2011, 07:10 PM.
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                    I think it is very interesting for folks that don't have a good opinion of TBs as sporthorses to go see the sales. They get to see the whole spectrum of TBs all in one place, not just the subset that failed at the track. Sadly (IMO, at least), many nice young TBs are worth more as racehorses than as riding horses.

                    Still, there are plenty of nice ones that go through the ring for reasonable prices--sometimes even a very decent stallion's offspring can be "cold" at the sales or just by chance a nice baby didn't spark much interest (after all there are over 4,000 yearlings selling at the sale). Horses with turf pedigrees are often less popular. The prices get lower and lower each day, so there are often some good deals to be had on the last couple of days. The minimum price is $1000, and there are plenty that sell for that amount (depending on the year), or for less after the sale.

                    There are always so many threads on this board about OTTBs, but rarely is the option of picking one up at the sales BEFORE it has had a racing career discussed. Seriously, you can go look at hundreds of young horses, all in one place, all with full sets of xrays (and scopes) with reports available for review. Really, it isn't a bad option. Just sayin'.


                      wow. I am being put into a trace just listen to the auctioneer!

                      What is he saying, really?? It sounds like bibbity bibbity bobbity?? lol
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                        Fess up--who watches the sales, writes down the ones they like and adds them to your Virtual Stable once they're named?

                        I've picked a few good earners over the years!


                          A colt from Big Brown's first crop just sold for a modest $40K -- that's not that much for such impressive lineage. His dam wasn't too impressive, though, maybe that was the problem.


                            I'm amazed at how well behaved the yearlings are, in strange surroundings. And I love how calmly the handler is handling them.


                              I can't believe how mature many of them look -- they look like adult horses!

                              There were a few this afternoon that weren't so well behaved, but the handlers were quite calm about it and made it look easy.

                              Some stunning greys and chestnuts with chrome being presented.

                              They added another horse into the order, and that confused everyone ... they had to sell him a total of three times! The owner that consigned him is probably not too happy, because the bidding was slow due to the confusion.


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                                Kwill - yes, Winstrol works quite well, doesn't it? (Not saying they all get that, but a lot sure do)

                                They are well mannered because they have been handled from the get go. I used to sales prep yearlings, and it was a lot of fun - but a lot of work, too!

                                The other reason why they all look fairly calm - besides the fact that the handlers are amazing! You can hand them a stud colt that is rearing up, and kicking and they can have him calm as a kitten in seconds. It's a family who have been doing it for years - there was an article about then a while back I think? - is that they are TIRED. When I worked the Keeneland sale, we had one filly that got scoped 20+ times in one day! Plus, they are either being groomed, or brought out to walk pretty much all day long, until about 4:00is. We used to get the the barns around 3:00 am to take wraps off, bath and groom them all - it was a long day for us, but even longer for the yearlings.

                                Simkie - I do the same thing! Actually, I still follow the babies that I worked with back in 1999, but I have no idea what happened to them.

                                Really, if anyone wanted one for sport horse purposes the cheapest thing would be to add him/her to your stable mail, and wait until they are running at the track, in a cheap claiming race.
                                Last edited by Freebird!; Sep. 20, 2011, 07:11 PM.
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                                  So true ... all I can think about some of these is "see you on Fingerlakes finest in a few years." But there's so much hope for all the well-bred yearlings.


                                    Loved the big chestnut colt (don't remember the hip, think it had Unbridled in the pedigree) who wanted to make friends with the guy picking up the poop...


                                      Very little variation in pedigrees so far... the popular bloodlines are well represented. Unbridled and Storm Cat are in the bloodlines of many of these, as is Mr. P. People are still linebreeding him.


                                        those handlers

                                        know their stuff.

                                        I can't believe they didn't send me a catalog this year. I've gotten one for each sale for the last 10 years.

                                        Guess if a decade goes by and you don't buy anything.......